Our Team

Our staff

Our staff are committed and dedicated to the children and families who make up the kindy community each year and our centre benefits greatly from the depth of experience and professional expertise that each staff member brings.
All Springwood Community Kindergarten educators hold Early Childhood qualifications plus current First Aid, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis (Epipen) certificates. They also participate in a range of professional development sessions throughout the year.

Inclusion Aides are employed from time to time to ensure all children can participate in the full kindy program.

Jo Broadbent
Nominated Supervisor / Wongari Group Teacher

I have worked in Early Childhood education for 23 years, as a kindy teacher, Prep teacher and Lecturer at university. I have been teaching at Springwood Community Kindergarten for 7 years.

Working collaboratively with children and families is a core focus of who we are and I love the strong partnerships we build each year.

I believe that children are curious little people who are striving to discover how the world works. My role as a kindy teacher is to foster their wonder and have fun learning and growing together along the way. Through collaborative play and a focus on problem solving, we investigate, question and support each other in our learning environment.

I also have a keen interest in supporting children and families to make a positive transition to school. I believe that helping children to feel independent gives them the confidence to embrace the new challenges that school brings.

I feel very fortunate to work with an amazing team at Springwood Community Kindergarten. I look forward to the exciting new adventures future years will bring.

When I’m not at kindy, I love spending time with my family, playing netball and camping.

 
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Janice Pukallus
Educational Leader / Borobi Group Teacher

I began my early childhood career in 2000 working at Childcare and After-School care services. I worked in schools as Chaplain/Teacher for 16 years. In 2016 I worked as a relief teacher in the early years at Primary School while I earned my Masters’ in Early Childhood Teaching.

My time spent teaching in early childhood in schools has provided a firm understanding of how I can support children and their families throughout the Kindergarten year in readiness for transitioning to Prep.

I love working at Springwood Community Kindergarten in such a beautiful and unique environment, with an expansive, beautiful outdoor area with trees and shrubs, which attracts native wildlife like birds, possums and water dragons.

My philosophy is modelled after child-directed, play-based learning, carried out through self-directed play and intentional teaching. I have an intense passion for outdoor and natural learning as a learning environment to stimulate social skill building – cooperation, resilience, perseverance, creativity and much more!

In my classroom I aim to create a warm and nurturing environment, respecting that children come to kindy as different individuals with unique strengths and differences. I value respect, honesty, cooperation and ‘second chances’ – everyone makes mistakes, so it is so important to ‘give it a go!’

When I’m not teaching, caravanning with my family, swimming for fitness, or creating with paint, resin, and sewing.

Bachelor of Social Science
Graduate Diploma of Education (Middle Years Schooling)
Master of Education & Theology
Master of Education (Early Childhood Teaching)

Karen Ward
Wongari Group Educator

I have been married for 35 years and have 3 wonderful boys, beautiful daughter-in-laws and 2 beautiful granddaughters. After having my children I decided I would like to work with young children and completed my Diploma in Child Care.  Ever since then I have been working in the industry and love it!

I am lucky enough to say I have been a part of our wonderful kindergarten for 23 years as Teacher Aide! I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with so many families within our community.

I have a true passion for working with our youngest learners! Helping children to progress in all areas of their development and to have fun while learning is what makes me happy.

My area of interest is collage and painting, working with the children on projects and seeing how proud they are brings a smile to my face everyday.

I believe we have a responsibility to build the strongest foundations for our kindy children.

“Play Inspires Learning” is not just our catch phrase, it is what we all believe.  Our team of Educators are amazing and we are all passionate, dedicated and care about Springwood Community Kindergarten which is why I love working here.

When I’m not at kindy I like to read, spend time with my grandchildren and travel in our caravan.

Diploma of Childcare

Rebecca Brown
Borobi Group Educator, Playgroup Coordinator, Wongari Group Inclusion Aide

I’ve been working in education for 17 years. I began as an inclusion aide within a high school but soon realised my passion was working in the early years. I enrolled in a Certificate III of children’s services and soon began my career in early childhood education.

I have three children of my own, with my youngest having attended Springwood Community Kindergarten. While she was there, I was impressed by the amazing natural outdoor space, and the passion and commitment displayed by the staff. I now feel very fortunate to be working alongside the most incredible, talented, and dedicated staff at Springwood Kindy.

After working for many years in early education and supporting children with additional needs I decided to enrol in the Graduate Certificate of Autism Studies at Griffith University in order to enhance my skills and knowledge working with children on the autism spectrum. I have a strong passion for inclusion, particularly supporting children with additional needs to participate in a mainstream program, something I feel Springwood Community Kindergarten excels at.

I love having the opportunity to help children engage in a variety of experiences and watch their confidence grow as they learn new skills and build relationships. I’m so happy I get to work alongside such an amazing team who are all so dedicated to creating a positive and nurturing learning environment for children and families.

Certificate III Children’s Services
Bachelor of Arts
Graduate Certificate Autism Studies

Emmi Peters
Borobi group Inclusion Aide

I am so excited to be part of the dedicated team at Springwood Community Kindergarten. I became involved when my youngest attended in 2021. I watched her as she was encouraged to build new friendships and a love of learning, with teachers nurturing her to become a strong, independent learner who was ready to start Prep.

My working life has been so diverse; from working in Film & Television industry (painting), life guarding, carving rocks for Warner Brothers theme parks, working at Bunnings and owning a painting construction company.

I see my current role not as a job, but more as a passion. I studied and started relief teacher aide work in 2018 in primary school. I enjoyed it but when I was asked to work supporting children in the Early Childhood Development Program, assisting children with complex needs, it became a true passion.

I have a wide range of personal experience with neuro-diverse and special-needs children and I have the patience and understanding necessary to help children navigate through the complexities of life.

I believe children are capable of so much at this age. And I believe by building confidence, encouraging independence and supporting their emotional well-being, we can prepare children for a smooth transition to Prep.

My hobbies include renovating, painting, gardening, and surf lifesaving. I have been involved with Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club, starting as a nipper and now holding my bronze medallion and supporting my own children who attended nippers in the summer.

Certificate IV Education Support
Certificate III Fine Arts
Bronze Medallion

Caitlin McRoberts
Administration Officer

I am so happy to join the Springwood Kindergarten Community as our Administration Officer this year.

I have worked in the childcare industry for 8.5 years as an assistant educator, lead educator and educational leader. After having my second baby, I was looking for a bit of a change and can't believe I stumbled across this job in such a great community. I am looking forward to a change of scene in the office but I am also glad that I can open the door to have a conversation and interact with the children. My passion is nature play, messy play and fostering curious minds. That 'why?' question is my favourite, as I love to dive deeper into subjects with little minds that just want to know more.

If you would like to come and see the centre or myself, I am in the office Monday (8am-1pm), Wednesday (9am-2pm) and Thursdays (9am-2pm). I would love to have a chat.

Certificate III in early childhood
Diploma in Children's services